Pope Francis Calls For Law On Same Sex Civil Unions

It's his strongest statement yet on the issue.
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Pope Francis has voiced his support for same-sex civil unions in a documentary film, his strongest statement yet for LGBT rights, according to The New York Times and the Associated Press.

Francis' remarks were quoted from the film "Francesco," which premiered recently.

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” said the Pontiff. “What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”

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The Argentine pope, who took over from the more conservative Pope Benedict, is seen as a reformist. He was most recently in the Philippines in January 2015.

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